What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy involves the patient seeing a therapist who may be a psychiatrist, a psychologist or another type of health care worker. The therapist uses scientific based procedures to aid the patient in developing healthier and more effective habits. Its aim is to enable patients to understand their feelings and what it is that makes them feel depressed, anxious or positive. The aim is the patient can cope with difficult situations using techniques they have learned from their therapist. There are many different sub-types of psychotherapy, including psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural psychotherapy (CBT), interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) and cognitive analytical psychotherapy (CAT).

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